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Looking for installation requirements or recommendations for the new 2011 line of products?  Well there’s a webcast for that!  I’ve summarized the video below, as well as added my own recommendation for some of the hardware.  Chances are though if you have a computer built in the last 2 years you should be pretty compatible.

The biggest changes for Revit Architecture, is that rendering is no longer limited to 4 cores, so you can go all out rendering if you have more than 4 cores available.  Also even more reliance on 64-bit processing, so you’re best bet is using the new Windows 7 64-bit operating system with your hardware allowing your computer to use the most memory available.

UPDATE:
Supported Graphics Card Hardware for Revit 2011:
http://www.autodesk.com/us/revit/revit_graphics_hardware_-_graphics_hardware_list_final.html

System requirements for installing Autodesk 2011 products:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc6vDZiRqLg

This includes:

  • AutoCAD 2011
  • Revit Architecture 2011
  • Inventor 2011

CPU (processor):

Requirement

  • Windows 7 or Vista processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD® Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology

Recommendation

  • Intel Core 2 Quad or Core i5 or i7,quad-core processor, 2.33Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.
  • AMD Athlon or Phenom X3 or X4, triple-core, or quad-core processor, 2.6Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.

RAM (physical memory):

Recommended

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB or more
  • 32-bit Inventor = 3GB for tooling
  • 64-bit Inventor = 6GB or more for complex models
  • 32-bit Revit Architecture = Use 64-bit for optimum performance
  • 64-bit Revit Architecture = 8GB or more
  • For all systems I’d recommend at least 4GB w/ 3GB switch enabled.  Keep in mind, memory is cheap, waiting on your computer is not!

Required

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 3GB

Graphics Card (video):

  • DirectX & Direct3D 9.0 or 10 capability
  • Shader Model 3.0 capability
  • 256MB or higher of video card memory (I’d recommend 512MB at minimum)

Hard Drive (virtual memory/page file/swap file):

Required free hard drive space:

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB min.
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2x memory installed
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 5GB min.

Operating Systems (AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit):

  • Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows XP (32-bit & 64-bit)

Finding training for Revit isn’t always easy. Finding FREE training is next to impossible. So I’ve put a preliminary list of webcasts, white papers, and conferences together in hopes that this helps some of you by having it all in one place rather than searching the internet for them all the time. As always, feel free to add your own submission in the comments and I can add it to the list. Hope this helps:

Webcasts & Presentations:
Autodesk | Buildings Media Center
Avatech | On-demand Webcasts
Denver Revit Users Group | Presentations
Design.Reform | Revit Videos
David Cohn | Presentations
DGCAD Videos
Revit videos on YouTube
Will2Play

Whitepapers:
Autodesk | Building Resource Center
IES | Energy Modeling Analysis

Conferences:
Autodesk University

Tutorials, Workshops, Training:
Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support
Revit Technology Conference

This should be an excellent webcast for interior designers in Revit.  I know interior designers are always hesitant to use Revit on smaller TI projects, well here’s the chance to see how to do it!  (or at least how Autodesk  does it).  Whether you know how to use design options or not, I think what will be most interesting is how they explain the workflow and moving back and forth between Revit & 3ds.  Anyhow, enjoy!

From:  Autodesk | Building Media Center

The Magic Revealed: Design Options and Updates in Revit Architecture and 3ds Max Design

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 10:00 am

Get an insider’s view of how Autodesk® Revit® Architecture and Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design work together so that design options can be created and managed without creating separate models. In this session, Amy Fietkau and Eddie Perlberg, AEC Technical Specialists for Architecture and Design Visualizaiton, will show a Tenant Improvement project where they are renovating the interior and need to evaluate some design iterations. They will show how the design options are developed and refined in Revit. When high end renderings are needed to sell the client on the designs, they show how 3ds Max Design is used to manage the design options within the same Revit model. See the magic of Design Options and Updates revealed, and learn:

  • How design iterations are developed and managed in Revit Architecture using a single model
  • How to manage these same design options in 3ds Max Design using a single file
  • Experience a new way of developing designs for sharing and selling to clients